Friday, October 17, 2014

Are There Herbal Antibiotics?

Are There Herbal Antibiotics, and What's Most Effective?  via: How to Just About Anything

What are Antibiotics?

     We know that every year lots of people get sick with the flu or an infection, especially during the cooler winter months. Many of these people end up at the doctor’s office and leave with a prescription for an antibiotic. But what are they really, and why do we need antibiotics?

     Antibiotics as we know them can be traced back to the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928. Yet there are accounts from ancient times of doctors using moldy bread to treat infections. These antibiotics work by either damaging unwanted bacteria or preventing them from multiplying in the body.

Why is Bacteria so Important?

    Each one of us can have about 1,000 bacterial strains in our body. No, I didn’t say 1,000 bacteria total, that’s 1,000 different strains! There is approximately 100 trillion good bacteria in and on our bodies.

     For years doctors and scientists thought that our bodies were a clean slate and that “bad” bacteria invaded and caused disease. The solution? To create powerful antibiotics to kill these bad bugs. The problem is that these prescription antibiotics not only damage the bad bacteria, but the good as well.
     Without good bacteria, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases like ADD, ADHD, asthma, celiac disease and irritable bowel syndrome take hold.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Herbal Popsicles for Immune Boosting

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When I was little one of my favorite things about summer were the ice cream and popsicle treats my mom stocked up on. Once a year she’d go to Save a Lot and buy half a chest freezer full of frozen treats which we’d happily lick and slurp down the rest of the summer.

I was always sad to see the stock get low as summer wound down, leaving a few fudgesicles and unwanted grape popsicles behind (no one in my family liked grape). I never gave a second thought to what was actually in the popsicles. As much as my mom loved me and wanted to provide us with a fun treat, I know she never thought to question the ingredients either.

Now that I’m a mom myself I won’t touch the artificially colored and flavored, high fructose corn syrup laden, hyperactivity inducing toxins on a stick. But I still want to provide a fun and tasty treat for my son.

Unfortunately, I can’t protect him from every potentially bad situation. Little ones will be exposed to germs at public places and even from other family members. However, there is a way to boost their immune system and give them a yummy treat they’ll love: Herbal Popsicles!

I like using these portable and convenient popsicle containers.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

DIY Simmering Apple Potpourri - 3 Recipes for an Amazing Smelling House!

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Every fall I make a pot of apple cider on the stove. Several times each season actually. The cinnamon, cloves, apples and oranges simmering in the fragrant cider is enough to make you drool! It fill our small house with the scrumptious scent of fall.

I can only make so many batches of this apple cider, yet I absolutely love the smell of it around the house. So what’s the solution? I noticed our neighbor had a really nice idea to keep their house smelling great throughout the colder months.

They have a wood stove that provides the living room with a warm, cheery fire. It also gets really warm on top, making it perfect for simmering potpourri.

As much as I love the warmth and atmosphere of a wood stove, they make me a bit nervous. I’m always afraid the toddler is going to fall into the side and get a major burn. So while I won’t be investing in a woodstove in the near future, I can still have a fragrant potpourri on my stove at home.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

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It seems like once September hits, the pumpkin floodgates are thrown open.  Pumpkin-scented, flavored and colored everything can be found almost everywhere.

And while it may seem like overkill to have yet another pumpkin recipe, trust me on this. These taste delicious! Even my super-picky-about-dessert husband managed to say “These are amazing!” past his mouthful (very full) of pumpkin cake.

And what’s not to love? They’re spiced with seasonal cinnamon and ginger, with a splash of warm vanilla and covered in a velvety, maple kissed, cream cheese frosting
I will admit that I ate a few (okay four) for breakfast. I think my son had it worse though. He’s only three, but old enough to grab tempting food off of the kitchen counter. Every time I looked over at him he had one in his hand. Don’t worry though, I didn’t let him eat too many!

Since these are made with pumpkin puree, they’re really more of a cross between a cake and a muffin. Think somewhere between carrot cake and banana bread.

Maybe it’s pumpkin overkill, but these taste amazing with a homemade pumpkin frappe! Or even a vanilla latte that contains superfood ingredients to fight stretch marks, wrinkles and cellulite. And you don’t even need a fancy espresso maker to get the creamy whipped top!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Maple Walnut Blondie Recipe

There are few things better than biting into a brownie. And this warm, maple walnut blondie, with a cold scoop of vanilla ice cream and hot buttery maple sauce dripping down the sides is brownie heaven.

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love chocolate, especially since it contains a mineral many are deficient in. It's my number one dessert of choice, but this blondie is definitely in my top three.

Applebee's makes the maple blondie that inspired my creation. Every time I go there, which admittedly is only once every year or so, I indulge in the guilty pleasure of a maple blondie. The waitress brings the gooey dessert out on a cast iron skillet. The maple butter sauce sizzles on the skillet, as the sweet vanilla ice cream trickles down the sides.

And although it's delicious, it's loaded with unhealthy white sugar, white flour and who knows what else.

This recipe is something I really enjoy eating and don't feel bad about serving to my family.

Prarie Homestead Blondie 2

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